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Rory McIlroy was hit with a two-shot penalty for a rules infraction in the third round of the HSBC Golf Championship that dropped him into a tie for fourth place as Scotland’s Craig Lee installed himself at the top of the leaderboard.

Coasting: Phil Mickelson enjoys the views on day three of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart yesterday

Big Phil stands between Paul Casey and a shot at The Open

Paul Casey's chances of extending his proud run of playing in the last 12 Open Championships will be on a knife edge at Castle Stuart today. Just one 11th-hour ticket to play in the year's third major, which starts at Muirfield on Thursday, is available to the field at this weekend's Scottish Open.

Ernie Els speaks to the media at Castle Stuart

Ernie Els invests in some quality Scottish time before Open

Ernie Els' Open Championship defence begins today at Castle Stuart, in preparation at least. Els was a late entrant at the Scottish Open, an event he added to sharpen the tools ahead of the world's oldest major at Muirfield next week. The tournament stands alone as one worth winning, but appears caught between two schools: those that like or need to play the week before a major and those that prefer to prepare out of the public eye.

Tony Jacklin following his US Open victory in 1970

US Open 2013: Justin Rose can now 'dedicate himself to winning Majors' says previous English victor Tony Jacklin

Rose won at Merion to become the first Major winner from England for 17 years

Justin Rose celebrates victory at the US Open

US Open 2013: Justin Rose moves up to third in the world with victory at Merion

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy hold the top two positions

Pretty lethal: Ian Poulter attempts to blast out of a sand trap on the 16th hole as he completed his second round

US Open 2013: Ian Poulter discovers Merion favours the lucky player

This brute of a course punishes good shots rather than testing the best as many have discovered

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open: All eyes still on Tiger but the world No 1 dogged by hints of mortality in majors

It’s a long time since Tiger Woods began a competitive round at nearly tea-time and was still playing at 8.19pm when there was a hint of rain in the air and darkness was all around. It is a long time since Woods finished a round the better part of 17 hours after he had started it.

Luke Donald celebrates a birdie on the 13th during his second round

US Open day two: Equal terms at Merion

On equal terms with Merion. In two days’ time that might just be enough to make a major champion of Luke Donald. A birdie at the penultimate hole of his second round helped ease the pain of the five bogeys in six holes that preceded it. As he put it: “I’m in a good place, excited to be in contention.”

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open 2013: The latest report from the third day at Merion

Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel overnight leaders as the second round comes to a conclusion

Tiger Woods pictured at the US Open

US Open 2013: The latest report from the second round at Merion

Luke Donald led overnight

The Sport Matrix: Friday 14 June 2013

Apologetic Warner banned until Ashes for striking Root

Ian Poulter
The American Derek Ernst has climbed 1,084 places up the world rankings after winning the Wells Fargo Championship

Derek Ernst climbs 1,084 places in world rankings after Wells Fargo victory

The American Derek Ernst has climbed 1,084 places up the world rankings after winning the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.

England’s David Lynn (left) shakes hands with Derek Ernst after losing in a play-off

US rookie Derek Ernst belies his status to shock David Lynn

The PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst parred the first hole of a sudden-death play-off yesterday to beat Briton David Lynn and win the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 18 April 2013

Terry's double helps Chelsea stroll back into third place

Condoleezza Rice is one of Augusta’s first female members

The Masters 2013: Augusta's world still far removed from reality

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